Originally Posted by supersonic06
I'd say a few members were happy to write a letter saying what a top, top GAA lad he was. For some reason the GAA holds sway with the law in this country.
As part of a plea in mitigation you list anything positive you can find in favour of the person. They are good at their job, they are a good parent, they are involved in community activities etc etc.
People here seem to vastly over estimate the effect it has on sentencing. The Judge must state "I have taken into account... (whatever has been mentioned in mitigation)". This means that the Judge has considered it, not that they have reduced the sentence as a result of it.